Have you ever wondered what it takes to transition to Organic Certification? This is a hot topic and we are so excited that Matt Leavitt, Organic Agronomist Lead @ Albert Lea Seed is joining us to help us learn more!
What it takes to transition to Organic Certification Matt Leavitt, Organic Agronomist Lead at Albert Lea Seed
What it takes to transition to Organic Certification including: Organic Transition is a viable option for your farm, Basics of Organic Transition and Basics of Organic Crop Production
Matt Leavitt is an agronomist with Albert Lea Seed and is the lead of Organic Seed at the company. Matt is a passionate supporter of Organic agriculture and has served farmers, both big & small, all across the Upper-Midwest. He received his masters in Agronomy from the University of Minnesota, studying the effect of no-tillage & cover crops in organic systems.
We are so happy to have AURI joining us again for the 2nd Annual Conference! AURI's goal is to help clients succeed and especially succeed in the commercialization process. Lolly and Jason will be holding an Open Office Hour where they will meet with potential clients 1:1 to help answer a specific question you have. Some examples of questions that they can help you answer are:
• My jam is runny, what can I do? • I sell fresh meat but am interested in doing a shelf stable jerky, how do I start? • How do I get my product into a grocery store/retail? • Does my pesto need to be refrigerated? • How do I determine the shelf life of my product? • How do I get my product certified organic? • The AURI team can also help with resources for business plans, financing, etc.
We are thrilled to have Mary Holtorf join us this year! Mary's passion is to help develop leaders-helping them learn, grow, set and achieve goals. Mary will help us discover who we are as leaders and help us navigate towards being successful entrepreneurs.
3 Essential Questions You Need to Ask to Lead a Successful Business (Leadership Questions) Mary Holtorf, Leadership Development Resources
Leading a business or a new venture is a brave endeavor. Answering these questions about what you do will lead to success in your business and help you navigate the road ahead. There will be a list of helpful resources shared to help you to realize your dream and help bring it to reality.
In 2018 we were inspired by Sara George and her journey to creating a Farmers Market Aggregation program at the Wabasha Farmers Market. This year we'll get a look at how the pilot project, organized by Renewing the Countryside with a select group of farmers markets, faired this past summer.
Farmers’ Market Aggregation Pilot Update Jan Joannides, Renewing the Countryside At our 1st Annual Conference we had Sara George as a presenter who shared with us her journey of creating a Farmers’ Market Aggregation program at her market. In 2018, a pilot program was held based off Sara’s experiences and we will have the opportunity to learn more about the results of this program.
Friday Exhibitor: Visit with Jan Joannides from Renewing the Countryside to learn about how they strengthen rural areas by championing and supporting rural communities, farmers, artists, entrepreneurs, educators, activists and other people who are renewing the countryside through sustainable and innovative initiatives, businesses, and projects. Of great interest today is the Farmers Market Aggregation project, local sourcing, Feast opportunities and farmland access.
We think you'll love the amazing projects that the UMN Extension has available and the many ways that the Health and Nutrition Programs can connect to healthy and local food projects. Come get inspired with us!
UMN Extension Southeast Region-Projects Promotion Thelma Garcia/Susan Draves UMN Extension A look at the many collaborative projects U of MN Extension and SNAP-Ed has participated in and the various ways that Extension connects to community gardens, farmers markets, school gardens, vegetable prescription programs and more.